Presented by Sir Wavell Wakefield from Kendal.
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Sir William Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal, known as Sir Wavell Wakefield between 1944 and 1963, was an English rugby union player for Harlequins, Leicester Tigers and England, President of the Rugby Football Union and Conservative politician.
1st President of NORFED. In the late 60’s, early 70’s the BSAC approached him to be their President.
Apart from his sporting and political careers Lord Wakefield was instrumental in the preservation of the Ullswater 'Steamers' and the Revenglass & Eskdale Railway, through his Lake District Estates company.
In 1954, Wakefield bought a controlling shareholding in Ullswater 'Steamers', saving the company from bankruptcy. In 1960, along with Midlands stockbroker Colin Gilbert, he purchased the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway from the Keswick Granite Company in order to prevent its closure.